Eddie Vedder Is A Vampire


Although at first he may seem to be just your average angst ridden lead man
for a popular rock and roll band, Eddie Vedder, the vocalist and lyricist for
Pearl Jam, may very well be a vampire. Although it is impossible to tell,
everything points to his being an immortal. An in depth analysis of his lyrics
shows that Pearl Jam\'s second album, “Versus”, has been used by Vedder as
sounding boards for the complex emotions and change of perspective that come
with one\'s transition to vampirism. Other lyricists have used vampiric images
before - for instance Sting, in Moon Over Bourbon Street, which was written in
first person - but Vedder is unique in that his lyrics evolve over time as being
indicative of his vampiric state. Either he has become a vampire, he believes
himself to be a vampire, or he is leading a fictional double life, from which he
draws inspiration for his lyrics.
What exactly is a vampire? Numerous myths, folk tales, and works of
fiction exist on the matter of what makes up a vampire, but if they do exist,
vampires have been incredibly careful to conceal their presence from most people
(supposedly following a law known as the Masquerade), and very little is known
about them definitively. However, some basic facts are common to most sources.
These are: vampires drink blood, vampires live forever if not killed, and
vampires undergo grievous bodily harm if exposed to sunlight; this normally
kills them.
Many other things about vampires, such as their aversion to garlic,
their superhuman abilities, and their prohibition on entering abodes unless
invited, are mentioned in some sources and not others, and so it is unclear as
to how much of this applies to real vampires, and how much is pure myth.
Eddie\'s vampiric tendencies became apparent in the lyrics to “Versus”,
Pearl Jam\'s second album. Pearl Jam\'s first album, “Ten”, contains no real
evidence of vampirism, and his lyric writing style is subtly different from that
in “Versus”. In “Ten”, the lyrics are often in ballad form, generally relating
tales of normal people. The songs Jeremy, Alive, Deep, and Black were all
number one hits in the U.S. from “Ten”. Eddie was not writing about himself in
these songs, and was only assuming personas for the narrative, a standard device
for composers of fiction of any kind. Thus, the lyrics were simply Eddie\'s view
of the world around him, incorporating characters and situations which he could
relate to.
Eddie\'s lyric writing style had change considerably in the second album,
“Versus”. Although he still wrote some songs similar to those on “Ten”,
expounding upon the specific lives of characters and the situation they
encountered (i.e. Daughter), there is also a tendency for social commentary.
The general trend in “Versus” is for the lyrics to offer a critical view of
human society, often comparing it to vampiric society. It would seem that at
this stage, Eddie had become aware of the existence of vampires, and had been
offered the chance to become one of them. This is corroborated by the lyrics.
Eddie views Vampires as a different "species" to human, with a different
society, customs, and moral code. Many of the lyrics on “Versus” are attempts
by Eddie to compare the two “species”, humans and vampires. A general disgust
with the human race and it\'s customs is evident, and Eddie is considering
vampirism as an alternative to all that he dislikes about human existence. The
song Rats is a good example. At first it would seem to be a comparison of
humans with rats, but even a brief glance at the lyrics would indicate that
several qualities are mentioned common to both rats and humans: “they don\'t eat,
don\'t sleep”. The correct interpretation becomes clear when one considers
Eddie\'s comparison of humanity with vampirism. In the song, the humans are
represented by rats, and vampires by “they”. It is essentially a list of all
things bad about the human race, which Eddie hopes to rid of through the change
to vampirism:

"they don\'t... lick the dirt off a larger one\'s feet
they don\'t push
don\'t crowd
congregate until they\'re much too loud
fu#? to procreate ‘till they are dead
drink the blood of their so called best friend"

While the last line may appear to contradict the vampiric interpretation, in
fact it strengthens it. Most known vampiric codes strictly prohibit the
drinking of a fellow vampire\'s blood (known as “diablerie”), and tales exist of
vampires being ostracized for it.
Several of the other songs on “Versus” have